Senate confirmation hearings underway for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
21 March, 2017, 11:05 | Author: Benny Bass
President Donald Trump has nominated him to fill the vacancy created when Justice Antonin Scalia died in February of a year ago. Testimony about Gorsuch's nomination will be at the committee's conference room at the Hart Senate Office Building.Senator Chuck Grassley, the committee chair, will run the hearings, with as many as 20 Senators making statements and asking questions.
If Gorsuch is confirmed, he will re-establish a narrow conservative majority on the nation's highest court. "Indeed, his conservative pedigree is the reason he was picked". Not even from Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. Maybe it is Jackson's example that led Gorsuch to become the special writer that most students of his court say he is.
President Donald Trump nominated Gorsuch in February. Judicial independence is one of the ideals that "enlivens [Gorsuch's] body of work", Grassley said in his opening statement on Monday. His appointment was blocked by Republicans. "I think he's ready". Michael Bennet, as well as Neal Katyal, the former acting solicitor general during the Obama administration who has been supportive of Gorsuch's nomination.
Republican senators portrayed Gorsuch as a highly qualified and independent jurist. Cruz finally threw his support behind Trump after getting the nominee to pledge he would only pick his Supreme Court nominee from a list of 21 judges that included Gorsuch. They included Justice Byron White, the football great, and Justice Kennedy whom the nominee clerked for-and who "showed me that judges could disagree without being disagreeable".
Gorsuch, 49, comes out of Colorado's 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with a reputation as a respected, conservative judge whose approach hews closely to that of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death past year opened the vacancy Gorsuch is now seeking to fill.
"We have seen [Sen.] Chuck Schumer and some of the Democrats ... trying to paint Gorsuch as nonresponsive", she said.
Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch vowedMonday to be a "faithful servant of the Constitution" and "apply the law impartially, ' during the first day of his Senate confirmation hearings that repeatedly exposed the partisan divide in Washington".
"The nominee before us today is not President Trump", Sen.
"Judge Gorsuch may act like a neutral, calm judge, but his record and his career clearly show that he harbors a right-wing, pro-corporate special interest agenda", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said at a recent news conference featuring sympathetic plaintiffs Gorsuch had ruled against. That's a clear statement in behalf of interpretivism, as oppose to non-interpretivism, which is what judges do when they start replacing words.
Neil Gorsuch is sworn in on the first day of his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, told Gorsuch during the hearing.
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